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Truly Amazing!

I vividly recall the moment David Samson told me of his desire to do something to honor all of the construction workers that were building our new home.  We were at Allapattah Middle School, and his Ayudan team was working with City Year on a beautification project.  We were painting a mural, and between brushstrokes, he casually mentioned his plan to run 50 miles to raise $500,000 for charity.  I immediately thought, “Wow, he really is crazy!”  My next thought was, “If there is anyone I know that has the will to pull this off, it’s David.” 

This season is my 15th in Community Outreach with the Marlins, and 11 have been with David.  While much of his focus over the past decade was on solidifying the future of baseball in Miami by overseeing the ballpark efforts, he never lost sight of the Marlins role in our community and our responsibility to our neighbors.  He possesses a passion for helping others and a desire to leave a positive legacy. 

After a few more brush strokes, as the idea began to sink in, I realized how fortunate I am to work for someone who genuinely leads by example.  Not only was this man going to put his mind and body through a grueling back-to-back marathon, he was dedicating himself to raising a half million dollars to donate to charity in the name of our construction workers! 

I have experienced some unforgettable moments with the Marlins…clinching the 2003 Wild Card…Pudge clutching that ball…reveling a World Series Championship at Yankee Stadium…Anibal Sanchez’ no-no…celebrating the Florida Marlins franchise at Closing Day 2011…Opening Marlins Park just a few weeks ago.  Last night added another memory to that list…Cheering David on as he jogged in through center field and presented checks totaling over $600,000 to 10 incredible charities. 

That is the most inspirational of all.

Today is the day when the unrealistic becomes real…

Would you ever do something crazy to raise money for charity? Like run a marathon? How about running two marathons straight? That’s what Marlins President David Samson is doing next Friday to raise money for 10 featured charities and to honor the workers who helped build Marlins Park.

Contribute to 10 Charities: [marlins.com/samsonrun]

Follow David’s run live on Twitter at @marlins and the hashtag #samsonrun!

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Day 10 of the countdown, and TODAY IS THE DAY! Today’s featured cause is la Liga Contra el Cancer. La Liga Contra el Cancer was founded as a community based, not for profit organization providing free medical care to needy cancer patients.

David will run the final five miles of the 52.5 mile run in honor of this charity and will be joined for this stretch by Jeff Conine & Hannah Samson. Conine is a former MLB great and is known around South Florida as ‘Mr. Marlin’ for winning the 1997 & 2003 World Series with the Marlins. He has raised millions of dollars for the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and completed the Ironman Triathlon in Kona, HI in 2008. Hannah will proudly run by her father’s side for the toughest five miles of the day.

It is in the very same spirit of proving the unlikely can be done, that David running a double marathon. Show your support for those who believe obstacles can be overcome given commitment!
Follow David’s run live on Twitter at @marlins and the hashtag #samsonrun!
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Running 52.5 miles is not impossible, but something most aren’t willing to do. David is running to show that with commitment, challenges can be overcome. Click here to donate to today’s featured cause, or to any of the causes listed, to show you support David in his “crazy” venture!

Contribute to 10 Charities: [marlins.com/samsonrun]

Follow David’s run live on Twitter at @marlins and the hashtag #samsonrun!

Publicly disclosing a secret…

Would you ever do something crazy to raise money for charity? Like run a marathon? How about running two marathons straight? That’s what Marlins President David Samson is doing next Friday to raise money for 10 featured charities and to honor the workers who helped build Marlins Park.

Contribute to 10 Charities: [marlins.com/samsonrun]

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Day 9 of the countdown, and David’s run is TOMORROW MORNING! Today’s featured cause is The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Unique among other Parkinson’s organizations, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research has a singular focus- their mission is to improve the quality of care through research, education and outreach.

David will run miles 40-45 of the 52.5 mile run in honor of this charity and will be joined for this stretch by Bret Parker, who serves as Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Elizabeth Arden, Inc. A veteran of four New York City Marathons all run with Samson, Parker was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease five years ago and has been Samson’s closest friend for over 30 years. Parker publicly disclosed his condition as part of his participation in this run. Read Bret’s touching letter here.

It is in the very same spirit of proving the unlikely can be done, that David running a double marathon. Show your support for those who believe obstacles can be overcome given commitment!

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Running 52.5 miles is not impossible, but something most aren’t willing to do. David is running to show that with commitment, challenges can be overcome. Click here to donate to today’s featured cause, or to any of the causes listed, to show you support David in his “crazy” venture!

Contribute to 10 Charities: [marlins.com/samsonrun]

Less than 48 hours to prove challenges can be overcome

Would you ever do something crazy to raise money for charity? Like run a marathon? How about running two marathons straight? That’s what Marlins President David Samson is doing next Friday to raise money for 10 featured charities and to honor the workers who helped build Marlins Park.

Contribute to 10 Charities: [marlins.com/samsonrun]

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Day 8 of the countdown, with just TWO days until Friday’s run, today’s featured cause is the Stand Up To Cancer,  a new initiative created to accelerate groundbreaking cancer research that will get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives..

David will run miles 5-10 of the 52.5 mile run in honor of this charity and will be joined for this stretch by Dave McGillivray, Race Director of the Boston Marathon since 1988. Dave successfully ran across the USA in 1978 and has raised millions of dollars for charity through his athletic achievements.
 
It is in the very same spirit of proving the unlikely can be done, that David running a double marathon. Show your support for those who believe obstacles can be overcome given commitment!

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Running 52.5 miles is not impossible, but something most aren’t willing to do. David is running to show that with commitment, challenges can be overcome. Click here to donate to today’s featured cause, or to any of the causes listed, to show you support David in his “crazy” venture!

Contribute to 10 Charities: [marlins.com/samsonrun]

Day 7 of the countdown; just 3 days left!

Would you ever do something crazy to raise money for charity? Like run a marathon? How about running two marathons straight? That’s what Marlins President David Samson is doing next Friday to raise money for 10 featured charities and to honor the workers who helped build Marlins Park.

Contribute to 10 Charities: [marlins.com/samsonrun]

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Day 7 of the countdown, with just THREE days until Friday’s run, today’s featured cause is the ALS Recovery Fund, an organization committed to creating public awareness, promoting research and education, and raising funds for patient care and research in order to find a cure for this life threatening disease.

David will run miles 15-20 of the 52.5 mile run in honor of this charity and will be joined for this stretch by Jose Perez, Albert Perez & Allen Popowitz. Jose G. and Albert J. Perez have been raising money for the ALS Recovery Fund since 1997. After losing their father to ALS in 2001, they have continued their efforts and have raised over $3.3 million dollars for ALS Research. Popowitz serves on the Board of Directors for the ALS Association of the Greater New York Chapter and has run five marathons: four New York City Marathons and the latest was the 2009 Boston Marathon.
 
It is in the very same spirit of proving the unlikely can be done, that David running a double marathon. Show your support for those who believe obstacles can be overcome given commitment!

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Running 52.5 miles is not impossible, but something most aren’t willing to do. David is running to show that with commitment, challenges can be overcome. Click here to donate to today’s featured cause, or to any of the causes listed, to show you support David in his “crazy” venture!

Contribute to 10 Charities: [marlins.com/samsonrun]

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